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Newcastle urged to pick Rafa Benitez over Pochettino

Newcastle urged to pick Rafa Benitez over Pochettino

Former Premier League striker Michael Chopra has urged Newcastle to go for Rafael Benitez instead of Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager. 

The Magpies are thought to be keen on replacing Steve Bruce once a planned takeover by an Arabian group is complete, and the two managers have been mentioned as possible targets. 

Chopra, who starred for the side, is however leaning towards the former Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Chelsea manager as he is likely to win the side trophies. 

“I would go for Benitez over Pochettino,” he said as quoted by the Daily Star.

“Pochettino built up Tottenham from pretty much nothing, got them to the Champions League final and on the verge of winning the Premier League.

“But the only thing going against him is he didn't win anything - which puts me off a bit.

“With Benitez, he's got unfinished business. He did well at the club and had a great relationship with the fans. He just wanted a bit more money to try and push them into the top 10.

“Benitez has already got plans for the football club and at almost every team he's been at he's won trophies.”

“Newcastle are hard to manage because you have to get the fans on your side quickly - but Benitez managed to do exactly that,” he said.

“I've got friends who don't enjoy it anymore with Bruce trying to nick a 1-0. It's not entertaining, it's not football and it's not Newcastle.”

The striker, who was born in Newcastle further weighed in on the debate of new players the club should target, saying there was no need for the likes of Gareth Bale and Phillipe Coutinho, who have both been linked to the side. 

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